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Talkin’ ‘bout regeneration

Have you heard people talking about regenerative agriculture, and wondered exactly what it is and whether it could work on your farm? A series of eight short videos on the key principles of regenerative agriculture have just been released by Mornington Peninsula Shire and the Western Port Catchment, Bass Coast, and South Gippsland Landcare networks. 

Hosted by soil scientist Declan McDonald, pictured above, the videos explain what regenerative agriculture is and how the principles can be applied on all farm types and landscapes within the Western Port Catchment, including beef, dairy, sheep, chicken and horticulture farms, and vineyards.

Topics covered include introducing regenerative agriculture; minimising soil disturbance; maximising crop diversity; keeping soil covered; maintaining living roots systems year-round; integrating livestock and trees; and how farmers can transition to regenerative agriculture. The videos can be accessed at or on the partner websites.

“If you’re curious but don’t know where to start, the videos are a great introduction to the key principles of regenerative agriculture and how they might apply to your farm,” Declan said. “Farmers who have tried regenerative agricultural practices say that working with nature has led to a more robust, resilient farming system, and they have higher levels of well-being and satisfaction.”

The videos were produced as part of the Smart Farming in Western Port project, which is supported by the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority through funding from the Federal Government’s national Landcare program. For more information, email Peter Ronalds, from Western Port Catchment Landcare Network, at

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